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PIA Press Release
2010/09/15

Siquijor IPHO alerts public on threats of illnesses

Province of Siquijor (15 September) -- With the onset of the rainy season, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) here advises that intensive health care and proper hygiene for all, especially school children must be observed.

Provincial health officer Dr. Redepta Cortes said that children are more susceptible to illnesses like influenza, diarrhea, cough and colds and the killer dengue disease during rainy season.

To help keep children away from these illnesses, some affordable and effective ways are advised: let children take a bath daily; have them take their breakfast; give them vitamins; let them drink 8-10 glasses of water; always instruct them to wash hands before and after eating; and brush their teeth after eating.

If possible, snacks and water must be prepared for recess to prevent children from buying junk foods; keep their fingernails short; let them bring umbrellas or rain coats in school; let them bring handkerchiefs to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing or when somebody is coughing.

Let the, sleep 8 to 10 hours a day; if children are caught in the rain, give them a warm bath and keep them warm; and lastly, consult the nearest health center for any signs of illness.

The IPHO also informs the public that dengue is the most fatal of the mentioned illnesses.

Caused by virus, dengue is transmitted by day-biting mosquitoes ? Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus. But, dengue prognosis depends on its early recognition and detection and the monitoring of pre-shock conditions, it is stressed.

Common symptoms of dengue include sudden rise of fever which lasts from two to seven days, joint pains, headache and stomach ache, small reddish marks on the skin, bleeding of the nose and gums, and vomiting.

The IPHO also encourages local government units and health care centers to strictly enforce local ordinances on environmental sanitation and to observe the daily four o'clock habit of simultaneous community cleaning of surroundings to eliminate possible breeding sites of mosquitoes.

To reduce mosquito breeding sites, some measures are also advised: cover all water storage containers; puncture old tires found around the house to drain collected water; clean and drain rain gutters to avoid water accumulation; change the water in flower vases; clean water containers at least once a week; and discard empty cans, bottles and other containers where mosquitoes can breed.

The public is also advised to seek immediate consultation with the nearest health facility.

Dr. Cortes also stressed that everyone must be responsible for the cleanliness of their homes and surroundings. More so, the vector control through environmental sanitation and clean-up campaign in the communities to eliminate mosquito breeding sites is a key strategy in the prevention of dengue, she said. (IPHO/PIA-Siquijor) [top]

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